Maria Sharapova is one of the players who always tries to give her best also when she is dealing with an injury or does not have her best day. In an interview, Sharapova – who is set to make her comeback to competition in January 2018 at the Shenzhen Open – said: ‘I think tennis is a lot physical and a lot mental.
There is a lot of emotions involved as well. Matches can be short; they can be really, really long. Sometimes you might not be at your best tennis‑wise or whatever‑wise. You’re not feeling good. If you’re mentally strong, sometimes things click, and then on to the next match and all of a sudden your game is there and all of a sudden your movement is there.
So I think keeping that kind of positive energy and not really giving up no matter how you feel, no matter how bad things are. Or good. To maintain that level was always really tough. I always know that things can change within a match, and it’s always really important to, in your mind, know that no matter what happens you’re there until the end.’ Sharapova also recalled the shoulder surgery she went through in 2009: ‘I’m not the only one.
I think that’s part of an athlete’s career. If you go through a career where you’re absolutely healthy for the most part of it, I think you’ve been pretty lucky. Unfortunately, I had to go through a serious injury at 21 years old, probably a peak of a tennis player’s career.
I think that was one of the toughest things. It wasn’t at a later stage or early stage. It was somewhere smack in the middle after I had just won my third major. ALSO READ: Maria Sharapova reveals how tennis keeps her motivated .